New York City’s best underground dance night came back for the 5th of July after the DJ in charge, Venus X publicly pondered quitting the party game during an Instagram clash with Rihanna, who had used the #ghetto #goth hashtags in a few social posts and taken inspiration from Venus’s longstanding brand of parties, without citing her influence. It’s a bit hazy who is in the right, but we are glad Venus is back at it.
Fashion star Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air joined her in DJing, as did MIKE Q (Fade to Mind) and ESTYLEZ, who played live sets for a hot and sweaty crowd. As the night came to a close, rapper Chynna treated the crowd with a live rap that brought everybody’s hands up. GHE20G0TH1K did not disappoint once again, as it continues to serve NYC with a night of interracial, cross gender love and danceable urban beats.
Blonde cuties in black
Check the grill
‘Don’t F with me’ braids
Glitter nails, graphic print, and a pink lip. YASS
Over Memorial Day weekend, RuPaul’s Drag Race runner-up (and fan favorite) Adore Delano invited us to follow her into her first New York performance since the show ended, at the Out hotel. From her hotel room to the party, we were entranced by Adore and her bubbly ‘Party!’ personality. She gave us the scoop of everything from what she’d been up to and what her latest record, Till Death Do Us Party, sounds like. Later, Adore introduced us to another queen also performing that night, Darienne Lake, who made us laugh with a great lip-sync to Legendary Lovers by Katy Perry. Adore is the total package, and she showed it by performing her first single DTF to a hungry crowd waiting to be slayed. Here are pics from the night, including a guest appearance from another fan favorite Ben DeLaCreme.
Adore getting ready at her hotel in Times Square
Adore in the green room at the Out hotel
Adore and fellow season sixer Darienne Lake
The scene backstage
Darienne changing into her ‘Shady Elephant’ look for her Katy Perry lip sync Adore performing DTF
Another season six queen Ben DeLaCreme stops by to say hi after the performance Adore with fans
Kay Kasparhauser has been flirting with New York since she was born, and now the doll-faced punk princess is stealing our hearts as the front girl of The Prettiots. We’re totally obsessed with Kay and her ukulele pop ensemble, so we caught up with her after a show at Hotel Chantelle to find out what’s up with her.
Music was cooler when… Music was cooler when it was harder.
You studied fashion design… What’s your muse for clothes? What looks would you design for The Prettiots on tour? We always wear matching outfits on stage, we try and stay very like, Tokyo girl pop group meets Clueless with our styling. There are a couple designers I really want to dress us for our tour, like Ammerman Schlosberg.
Fashion trend that belongs in the trash? Ummm peplums are super ubiquitous and super anxiety producing.
Who’s your favorite movie star? Well we have one song about Klaus Kinski and one song about Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) so I would probably say one of them. I think I like specific characters more than actual movie stars.
Will you send us iPhone pics of your most/least favorite tattoos? I sort of love all of my tattoos, even the terrible ones. Except one on my hip I am getting covered. But its not exactly photographable.
Growing up in New York, what was the first time you snuck out to be bad? Honestly I didn’t sneak out that much, but I would just completely ignore my curfew, so I guess that’s the same thing? I guess I started doing that when I started going to Misshapes in like 10th or 11th grade. I guess before that, like my best friend and I would sneak out of our houses to share a Fantasia cigarette on the skate hills in Washington Square Park, we thought we were pretty bad ass. They were Fantasias…
What was your favorite class in high school? Definitely art class or English, I dropped science really early on and had to take like three English classes to make up for it. And I would just go to every art class even if I wasn’t enrolled.
Favorite pop star?
France Gall, and Britney. Freddie Mercury.
Favorite NYC bands?
This is a really hard question.
Turn Ons/Turn Offs?
Turn Ons: facial scars, missing/chipped teeth, well read/watched. Turn Offs: Cocaine, clean black Converse.
The most punk thing you’ve ever done? I chipped my front teeth on a 40, I’ve put my fist through windows and walls, I have a Beavis and Butthead stick and poke.
Last night was Brooke Candy’s ‘Opulence‘ themed video premiere, sponsored by Diesel. The ‘freaky princess’ looked ravishing as she sat front row at the screening of her Steven Klein-directed short film, styled by Nicola Formichetti. Held in the basement of the Tribeca Grand, fashion legends mingled with the Susane Bartsch crew to create a surreal party spectacle… it was like a live-action video with the stars themselves! The pictures speak on their own behalf.
Klein Sandwich: Steven Klein, Brooke Candy, Calvin Klein
John Tuite, Brooke Candy, Carlos Santolalla
Richard Chai, Brooke Candy, Nicola Formichetti
Donna Karan, Susanne Bartsch
John Tuite, Alex Catarinella
Natalia Kills and Willy Moon
Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver
Carlos Santolalla and BlackBook’s Jacob Brown
Alex Catarinella, Carlos Santolalla
Perez Hilton and Nicola Formichetti
Natalia Kills and Jillian Mercado
Carlos Santolalla and John Tuite
Steven Klein, Brooke Candy, Calvin Klein
John Tuite, Donna Karan, Susanne Bartsch, Carlos Santolalla
Perez Hilton, Steven Klein
Donna Karan, Susanne Bartsch
Steven Klein, Brooke Candy, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan
After we met on set of some stupid fashion shoot last year, I was lucky enough to be swept into Natalia Kills’ adventures in fashion and nightlife. Partying with her is grand–every time she walks into a room people break their necks as she strolls by. Her fashion sense is perfection; she’s a photographable dream come true. Here’s a documentation of some of my favorite shots of this rising and incredibly talented diva that I feel incredibly blessed to have captured:
Natalia and her boyfriend Willy Moon at the Jane
Outside of a shoot
Performing at an IMG party
At the Versus Versace party
Performing at The Box
Standard East Village
With the ATL Twins at the Opening Ceremony party
Stepping out at the Standard Hotel
At Boom Boom Room for the Purple after party
Performing at the Perez Hilton VMA party
At a Sydney Reising event
Outside of the Ace Hotel
Backstage after her Perez Hilton performance
Check out this pop goddess’ criminally underrated video for her latest single, ‘Trouble’.
Last night I went to Tove Lo’s first performance in NYC at Westway. In the crowd, the young music scenesters were about, cheering on the up and comer. Tove Lo’s energetic performance had everyone from Charli XCX to Icona Pop singing and dancing along. The one and only pop princess katy perry (whom I was too scared to photograph, she’s gorgeous!) was at the after party with her gaggle of besties that include Mia Moretti and Johnny Wujek.
Charli XCX Caroline from Icona Pop Mia MorettiTove Lo Gabe SaportaJohnny Wujek
I was very lucky to attend an intimate Kelis performance at the McKittrick Hotel where she performed soulful/glamourous versions of all our favorite hits. Kelis told the crowd she had been at the hotel hours prior cooking up dishes for everyone to enjoy as she belted out some toned down renditions of some of her best songs including ‘Milkshake’ and ‘Acapella’, as well as some newer songs from her most recent album, Food. Kelis has always been ahead of the trends and she might have just started #FoodPop, the pairing of a performer’s own food with their music. I was also very lucky to catch RuPaul enjoying the show by himself. Here are some pics.